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Witherspoon says shape was a factor against Usyk

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Witherspoon says shape was a factor against Usyk

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Witherspoon says shape was a factor against Usyk

Saturday night, Chazz Witherspoon, on short notice, got a chance to take on Oleksandr Usyk in Chicago in the undefeated cruiserweight debut in the heavyweight class.

While Witherspoon would go down in defeat and had to retire on his stool in the contest from fatigue, he reflected on the match with and thought had he been in better shape; Witherspoon claims it would’ve been a different story.

“I was never hurt,” Witherspoon told after the fight. “More than anything, I got tired and my coach kind of saved me from myself type of thing, because he just kept asking me, ‘You all right? You all right? You all right?’ So, my coach kind of saved me from myself. Because I’ll just keep going. But [Usyk] should be successful as a heavyweight.”

“I think if I was in better shape, I could’ve landed some solid shots, some better shots,” Witherspoon said. “And I think he was slowing down as well. Even though he was in better shape than me, he was slowing down. Because some of the jabs, I was still able to land from time to time. … I wouldn’t have been as tired, because I really don’t get tired that quick.

“But I didn’t really have the time that I needed to prepare for this. But still, my hat’s off to him. I’m not trying to take nothing away from his win. He did what he had to do. His fans are great. They walk up, they give me a lot of respect. His management, Matchroom, DAZN, I’m good with everybody.”

Witherspoon in the contest as the match grew on was clearly fatigued. Not only that, he just wasn’t throwing any punches. At one point during the broadcast, they flashed up a graphic showing that Witherspoon had only landed 19 punches into the fight.

“I mean, I’m not proud of my performance because I lost,” Witherspoon said. “But, I mean, at the end of the day, I guess people see that I put up the effort. I wasn’t just talking, I was trying to walk it. But yeah, like I said, if I had more time, I think it would be a different outcome. I might be partying myself. So yeah, I don’t know.”

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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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